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The world of Business Intelligence and Analytics is evolving quickly. Increasingly, the emphasis is on real-time Business Intelligence to enable faster decision making, and on Data Visualization, which enables data patterns to be seen more clearly. Key technologies involved in preparing raw data to be used for Business Intelligence, Reporting and Analytics – including ETL (Extract, Transform, and Load), CDC (Change Data Capture), and Data Deduplication – support a wide range of goals within organizations.



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Oracle has begun shipping its new Oracle Big Data Discovery and Oracle GoldenGate for Big Data products. With Oracle GoldenGate for Big Data, the technology, which is used to replicate data from system to system in real time, adds Hadoop as a target environment, and with Big Data Discovery, Oracle provides an end to end environment that is visual and intuitive in order to allow business analysts and business users to participate in the big data analytics process.

Posted February 19, 2015

Couchbase has announced integration between its high-performance NoSQL database Couchbase Server 3.0.2 and the Hortonworks Data Platform 2.2, an open Hadoop data platform, via distributed messaging with Apache Kafka and stream processing via Apache Storm.

Posted February 19, 2015

Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System Release 11.1.2.4, now available from Oracle, incorporates key updates to the entire portfolio of EPM applications that enable organizations to engineer predictable performance, connect the enterprise, and further improve decision-making.

Posted February 18, 2015

The "Internet of Things" (IoT) is opening up a new world of data interchange between devices, sensors, and applications, enabling businesses to monitor, in real time, the health and performance of products long after they leave the production premises. At the same time, enterprises now have access to valuable data—again, in real time if desired—on how customers are adopting products and services.

Posted February 18, 2015

Informatica, a provider of data integration software, has announced a joint Data Warehouse Optimization solution with Cisco for organizations looking to modernize data management. The Data Warehouse Optimization solution works with a customer's Apache Hadoop distribution of choice, including Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR.

Posted February 18, 2015

Pentaho, which is in the process of being acquired by Hitachi, has opened its data refinery - which transforms raw data into actionable information - to Amazon Redshift and Cloudera Impala.

Posted February 18, 2015

Syncsort, a provider of big data and mainframe software, has completed the acquisition of UK-based William Data Systems, a provider of advanced network monitoring and security software products for the IBM z Systems z/OS mainframe platform. According to Syncsort, because the mainframe is a high-volume transactional supercomputer, the networking and security data collected by the William Data product suite is particularly valuable to fast-growing big data and analytical platforms.

Posted February 18, 2015

HP has introduced a new offering called HP Haven Predictive Analytics to accelerate and operationalize large-scale machine learning and statistical analysis.

Posted February 18, 2015

GridGain Systems, provider of open source and commercial in-memory data fabric solutions, is introducing a new release of the GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric Enterprise Edition built on Apache Ignite. Available for download in early in Q2, the new release includes ease-of-use and automation features to help simplify the deployment of the software as well as the migration from legacy in-memory data grids.

Posted February 18, 2015

Software AG and Wipro Ltd. announced a joint solution platform for streaming analytics that provides real-time actionable intelligence for the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) market. The solution, branded as Wipro Looking Glass, is engineered to respond to events in real-time with unlimited scalability.

Posted February 17, 2015

RapidMiner is releasing self-service analytics for Hadoop. RapidMiner offers a solution that accelerates time to value for building and deploying advanced analytic models with numerous types of data. "Our value is around accelerating time to value for our customers. We do this through pre-built models which we call accelerators," stated Michele Chambers, president and COO at RapidMiner.

Posted February 17, 2015

Tamr, Inc., has introduced a new version of its scalable data unification platform that lets enterprises continuously deliver better data to decision-makers. In a related announcement, Tamr also unveiled two data-unification solutions for specific, high-value data variety challenges: Tamr for CDISC and Tamr for Procurement. Founded in 2013 by big data entrepreneurs Andy Palmer and Michael Stonebraker, Tamr is based in Cambridge, Mass.

Posted February 17, 2015

N1QL is a distributed query engine with powerful secondary index options and incremental map/reduce views. Join DBTA for a special webcast sponsored by NoSQL vendor Couchbase to look at the query engine details and indexing capabilities. The webcast will take place, Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 11 am PT/2 pm ET and one attendee will win a $100 American Express gift card during the live event!

Posted February 17, 2015

To help simplify Hadoop deployments, Datameer is partnering with cloud providers Altiscale and Bigstep, to introduce Datameer Professional, a SaaS big data analytics platform targeted at department-specific deployments.

Posted February 17, 2015

Hadoop heavyweight Pivotal is open sourcing components of its Big Data Suite, including Pivotal HD, HAWQ, Greenplum Database, and GemFire; forming the Open Data Platform (ODP), a new industry foundation along with founding members GE, Hortonworks, IBM, Infosys, SAS, and other big data leaders; and forging a new business and technology partnership with Hortonworks.

Posted February 17, 2015

The IOUG (Independent Oracle Users Group) is joining DBTA as a conference partner at the Data Summit 2015 conference, a comprehensive conference focused on information management and big data for technology and database professionals. The IOUG track at the Data Summit will focus on big data in the cloud and the evolution of the data warehouse.

Posted February 12, 2015

Unisphere Research and Radiant Advisors have announced the publication of a brand new report on the emerging concepts and strategies surrounding the data lake. "We wrote The Definitive Guide to the Data Lake to provide guidance to those considering the data lake by sharing the findings of companies within our research and advisory network that are actively implementing data lake strategies today," said John O'Brien, CEO of Radiant Advisors.

Posted February 11, 2015

In the early days of data warehousing, lines were very simple. The data warehouse reflected the business. In providing this reflection, data was summarized, data was cleansed, data was standardized, and data was even drastically reformatted for legibility and reporting usage. But, the big rule of thumb, the never-to-be-crossed line, was that the data warehouse did not create new data.

Posted February 11, 2015

It's already a great time to be a DBA or to consider becoming one. U.S. News & World Report ranks the DBA profession as the No. 5 best IT job and the #12 overall best professional jobs for 2014. The job outlook is very strong at 15% growth year-over-year, far greater than the U.S. economy in general and the IT industry in particular. For added context, consider that the business world is now enamored with data, analytics, and data visualization.

Posted February 11, 2015

When the data requirements of an organization change, the databases used to store the data must also change. Unfortunately, today's database systems do not make managing database change particularly easy.

Posted February 11, 2015

I woke up early to get to the airport to ensure a timely check-in. When I got to the desk, the airline representative asked for my name and destination, keyed it in and we waited for the system to respond. The next words out of her mouth were, "Sorry, the system is slow today, you know how it is."

Posted February 11, 2015

There are always new buzzwords coming along. But whether you call it "SMAC" or "CAMS," there is no doubt that today the confluence of trends—analytics, cloud, social, and mobile—is proving to be a disruptive force that is causing many to reassess their approaches to data management. Over the years, MultiValue technologies have evolved and adapted, pushing boundaries in order to integrate with new data sources and targets, address new analytics needs, and keep pace with emerging requirements. This has enabled customers to continue to rely on their trusted, and often highly specialized, MultiValue applications and data management systems.

Posted February 11, 2015

Attunity recently added new capabilities to its solution suite with the acquisition of BIReady's data warehouse automation technology, which eliminates the complex, manual tasks of preparing data for BI and big data analytics. Lawrence Schwartz, Attunity's vice president of marketing, spoke with DBTA about BIReady and other Attunity solutions for customers dealing with big data projects.

Posted February 11, 2015

Oracle unveiled the sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine during a launch event led by Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison. In a recent interview, Tim Shetler, vice president of Exadata Product Management at Oracle, and Juan R. Loaiza, senior vice president, Systems Technologies, discussed the significance of key innovations, including elastic configurations, the new Non-Volatile Memory Express flash protocol, and new capacity on demand licensing, that make it one of the most important releases in the history of Exadata.

Posted February 11, 2015

Teradata is introducing new big data applications that incorporate recently acquired capabilities and technologies from Revelytix and Thing Big Analytics. The new offerings include solutions targeted to specific verticals such as retail and healthcare, new Teradata Loom 2.4 capabilities to expand the depth and breadth of metadata in the data lake, and a new fixed price/fixed time-frame data lake optimization service offering. The new products and services are targeted at extending big data competency to more non-data scientist users, and helping companies gain additional value from their data lake projects, said Chris Twogood, vice president of product and services marketing at Teradata.

Posted February 11, 2015

MarkLogic 8 supports server-side JavaScript and JSON, and includes enterprise features such as semantics and bitemporal. In addition, to make it easier for organizations to get started with their first MarkLogic-powered applications in the cloud the company is offering a free, 1-year version of its Enterprise NoSQL database platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Posted February 10, 2015

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has announced plans to acquire Pentaho Corporation, a big data integration and business analytics company with an open source-based platform for diverse big data deployments. According to Hitachi, the acquisition helps to fulfill its strategy of delivering business innovations that integrate machine data, information technology, and analytics to distill value from big data and the Internet of Things. The acquisition of Pentaho is expected to be complete by June 2015.

Posted February 10, 2015

Attivio has introduced Attivio 4.3, a single platform for search and discovery initiatives. The result, the company says, is that organizations with structured and unstructured data in disparate silos will be able to gain faster access to all information or practical business uses.

Posted February 10, 2015

Lavastorm Analytics, a data management and analytics software company, has added new functionality within the Lavastorm Analytics Engine platform that enables business analysts who have a limited knowledge of complex data science to deliver insights using predictive analytics.

Posted February 10, 2015

Hadoop has continued its growth and become part of the consciousness of decision makers dealing with big data. However, Hadoop is a still too advanced for the typical business user to work with. To help make it easier, Oracle has created Big Data Discovery, a product that aims to help simplify Hadoop for the average business user.

Posted February 10, 2015

Splice Machine has announced that it has achieved Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) certification by completing the required integration testing with Hortonworks Data Platform. As a result of the HDP Certification, Splice Machine customers can leverage the pre-built and validated integrations between enterprise technologies and the Hortonworks Data Platform, an open source Hadoop distribution, to simplify and accelerate their Splice Machine and Hadoop deployments.

Posted February 05, 2015

For decades, data management was part of a clear and well-defined mission in organizations. Data was generated from transaction systems, then managed, stored, and secured within relational database management systems, with reports built and delivered to business decision makers' specs. In 2015, we will see the acceleration of 7 dramatic shifts in data management.

Posted February 04, 2015

During a live event, Larry Ellison, Oracle's executive chairman of the board and CTO, outlined a new strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with the company's next generation of engineered systems. In the presentation today, Ellison emphasized two key points.

Posted February 04, 2015

DataStax, provider of an enterprise distribution of Apache Cassandra, has acquired Aurelius LLC, provider of the open source graph database Titan.

Posted February 03, 2015

BlueData Software, Inc., which provides the EPIC software platform that allows enterprises to create a public cloud-like experience from their on-premise environments, has announced a technology preview of the Tachyon in-memory distributed storage system as a new option. This new integration enables Hadoop, Hbase virtual clusters, and other applications provisioned in the BlueData platform, to take advantage of Tachyon's high performance in-memory data processing.

Posted February 03, 2015

SnapLogic, which provides iPaaS (integration platform as a service), has released a new service to speed the process by which time-sensitive data is delivered to cloud and big data applications. "Ultra Pipelines are a breakthrough for enterprise companies with real-time data-driven insights needs such as a sales and marketing programs, data science for predictive analysis, and customer data distributed across multiple systems," says Niraj Nagrani, vice president of engineering at SnapLogic.

Posted February 03, 2015

SAP has announced SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA). The new product is built on the in-memory platform SAP HANA and is designed leveraging the SAP Fiori user experience (UX) for mobile devices. The announcement was made at a launch event at the New York Stock Exchange.

Posted February 03, 2015

MongoDB has introduced MongoDB 3.0. According to Kelly Stirman, director of products at MongoDB, the new NoSQL database release introduces two key innovations that make the system well suited for the demanding requirements of large enterprises.

Posted February 03, 2015

ISUG-TECH has announced that the content and schedule for the 2015 ISUG-TECH Conference in Atlanta is now available online. The conference will be held March 29-April 2 at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.

Posted January 29, 2015

SAP SE has collaborated with Raab Associates, Inc., a marketing technology consultant, to offer a free online tool that provides marketers with personalized recommendations on focus areas of investment for their organization. The marketing gap analysis tool asks a series of questions about the organization's profile, marketing programs, current systems and processes. The platform then evaluates the information to provide an analysis of the organization's current marketing technology foundation

Posted January 29, 2015

CA Technologies announced that its customer experience monitoring technology has been added as part of the "SAP Extended Diagnostics by CA Technologies" application. The SAP Extended Diagnostics application is intended to enable users to monitor the performance of applications from the business process down to the transaction-component level in real time.

Posted January 29, 2015

In 2014, the big data drumbeat continued to pound, major DBMS vendors expanded their product offerings, Microsoft hired a new CEO, and a range of new technology offerings were introduced. In retrospect, what stands out?

Posted January 29, 2015

Espresso Logic is adding data virtualization for mobile and web app back-end developers to its reactive programming-based back-end-as-a-service (BaaS). "We have a very unique technology that we have developed called reactive programming. As a user, whenever the spreadsheet is changed it will always recalculate itself and give you a result. Up until now, no one has really used this method for back-end development," explained R. Paul Singh, CEO of Espresso Logic.

Posted January 29, 2015

The data integration status quo is predicated on a model of data-at-rest. The designated final destination for data-at-rest is (and, at least for the foreseeable future, will remain) the data warehouse (DW). Traditionally, data of a certain type was vectored to the DW from more or less predictable directions—viz., OLTP systems, or flat files— and at the more or less predictable velocities circumscribed by the limitations of the batch model. Thanks to big data, this is no longer the case.

Posted January 28, 2015

Rackspace has announced new support for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 In-Memory Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) and AlwaysOn Availability. Rackspace now powers more than 10,000 compute instances running Microsoft SQL Server on its private and public clouds. By combining In-Memory OLTP with Managed High Availability, Rackspace says it can help customers speed up OLTP workloads to up to 30x while enabling greater uptime.

Posted January 28, 2015

There's good news and bad news on the cybersecurity front, an IBM study finds. Over the past 2 years, there has been a 50% decline in the number of cyberattacks against U.S. retailers. However, the number of records stolen from them remains at near record highs. IBM security researchers report that in 2014, cyber attackers still managed to steal more than 61 million records from retailers despite the decline in attacks, demonstrating cyber criminals' increasing sophistication and efficiency. Ironically, while Black Friday and Cyber Monday were identified as the two biggest shopping days of the year by IBM's Digital Analytics Benchmark, cyber attackers reduced their activity across all industries on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, rather than taking action.

Posted January 28, 2015

Pneuron Corp., a provider of distributed solutions, has partnered with UST Global, an information technology solutions and services company for Global 1000 enterprises. The partnership is targeted at financial services, insurance and healthcare — three verticals where, the vendors say, diverse, complex and constantly changing requirements must be expertly served.

Posted January 26, 2015

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